Jewish poverty

A Tale Of Two Communities

06/10/2013 - 20:00

At first glance, the “Special Report on Poverty,” the third and final part of the 2011 population study of the Greater New York Jewish community that was commissioned by UJA-Federation in consultation with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, holds no surprises.

Rising Jewish Poverty Redoubles Obligation To Help

06/10/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Like people in other faiths and traditions, Jews feel an obligation to help the poor. When we lived in an ancient agricultural society, people left the corners of their fields untouched, anyone could eat from your land in a year of shmita and there were offerings at the Temple that the poor could partake in freely.

Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld and Alex Roth-Kahn

Report Shows 'Dramatic' Rise In New York Jewish Poverty

06/05/2013 - 20:00

A new report shows that 20 percent of Jewish households in the New York metropolitan area are poor, a figure only marginally lower than the rate in the general population.

The report released Thursday by UJA-Federation of New York found more than 560,000 people living in 200,000 poor or near-poor Jewish households, a figure that represents a doubling of the number of people living in poor Jewish households since 1991, despite only a 14 percent increase in the Jewish population. The report also found nearly half of children in Jewish households live in poor or near-poor conditions.

The Most Under-reported Stories Of 2012

The Gaza rockets were downplayed prior to war, and poverty here is little mentioned.
12/25/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

There were thousands of articles, hundreds of front pages in the daily and weekly papers in 2012, yet some of the year’s most important stories were barely reported or not reported at all.

1: The Rockets

UJA-Fed. Braces As Proposed State Cuts Hit Three-Year High

02/07/2011 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Drastic cuts to reduce the state's $10 billion budget deficit proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo may cause agencies under the UJA-Federation umbrella to lose as much this year as they have in the past three years combined.

In what the federation calls a "gigantic challenge," agencies providing immigrant services, employment, child care programs will lose about $30 million in revenue and an additional $30 million in foregone funds, such as cost of living increases -- roughly the amount of funding that has been decreased since 2008.

Gov. Cuomo’s budget ax seen hitting the Jewish community hard.

European Cold Snap Puts Needy Jews in Danger

12/22/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Severe weather across Europe this week shut down airports and businesses, and made it much more difficult for needy Jews to get the food and financial assistance they require.

The unprecedented snow and low temperatures in places such as the Baltics, Bulgaria and Romania has required the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to work harder than ever to get assistance to its clients in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Lame-duck Congress Jeopardizes School Lunch Program for Poor, Jewish Groups Warn

11/22/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The framers of an interfaith effort with the grand goal of halving American poverty in the next decade had a small but focused message this week: Keep those school lunches coming.

At a meeting Monday on Capitol Hill at an event attended by congressional staffers, the framers of the effort spoke of a pending vote to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, the program which brings school breakfasts and lunches to needy children.

A View From The Recession’s Frontlines

06/07/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The calls come one after another. Eventually, they blur together — the 60-year-old unemployed real estate broker who is behind in his rent; the former headhunter who is struggling to find work; the wife of a recently laid off high-tech professional who can’t pay her family’s utility bills; and the 81-year-old man who needs an affordable place to live because his adult children can no longer subsidize his rent.

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